Flourishing Business at a Major Theater (Ôshibai han'ei no zu): Actors Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Umeômaru, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Tokihira, Nakamura Fukusuke I as Matsuômaru, and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Sakuramaru

「大芝居繁栄之図」 初代河原崎権十郎の梅王丸、四代目市川小団次の時平、初代中村福助の松王丸、三代目岩井粂三郎の桜丸

Japanese
Edo period
1859 (Ansei 6), 6th month


Catalogue Raisonné

Herwig, Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004), #23; Tôbu bijutsukan, Edo no hana kabuki-e ten (1999), #128

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36.5 x 75.6 cm (14 3/8 x 29 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.44224a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions (with different center sheets): 11.26940-2, 11.44224a-c
 見立

舞台上で上演しているのは「菅原伝授手習鑑」車引の段だが、実際の上演ではなく見立て。

Signed

Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on right and center sheets), Ichiyôsai hinashi Toyokuni ga (on left sheet)
豊国画(年玉枠) 一陽斎雛獅豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: Goat 6 aratame
No blockcutter's mark
改印:未六改
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection